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Crawley scores 267 in dominating England performance

Saturday 22nd August 2020

Men’s First Team

Kent opener Zak Crawley recorded his maiden three-figure score in Test cricket against Pakistan as part of England’s highest ever fifth wicket partnership.

The Kent Cricket Academy graduate’s previous Test best of 76 was dwarfed by Crawley’s knock at Southampton, as he reached his first Test century in 171 balls with 11 fours on Day One, after coming in with England on 12/1 after winning the toss and deciding to bat first.

Bromley-born Crawley then reached a 200 partnership four runs later alongside Lancashire’s Jos Buttler, the pair eventually putting on 359 together – the highest fifth wicket partnership for England in Test cricket, surpassing Keith Fletcher & Tony Greig’s partnership of 254 against India in Mumbai in 1973.

After passing his previous first-class best of 168, Crawley finished Day One on 171 not out, before resuming on Day Two in a similar measured fashion: moving onto 201 not out from 331 balls.

41 deliveries later, Crawley reached 250, before being stumped down the leg side to depart for his new career-best score of 267 runs.

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